Gem tintypes

I unearthed another trove of Nova Scotia Faces photographs, hidden in a box with an enigmatic label (that’s what happens when you move) and rediscovered an album of what are technically called “gem” tintypes –about 0.75 x 1 inch, which is to say small enough that they are difficult to see. I’m scanning them at 1200 dpi and and applying some Photoshop magic to adjust the brightness and contrast, and I’m rewarded with astonishing portraits, like this one:

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